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Holistic/Biological Dentistry

October 9th, 2016

You might think that your oral health only affects your teeth and gums, but did you know that it also has a huge impact on your overall wellness? That's why many dentists practice holistic dentistry, which links the health of the mouth to the well-being of the rest of your body.

For instance, many recent studies have provided evidence for the connection between gum disease and diabetes, pregnancies, Alzheimer's disease, certain cancers, and heart disease.

Many people think that the only difference between traditional dentists and holistic dentists is the use of mercury fillings. However, there are many other issues and differences as well.

 

Some main differences between traditional and holistic dentistry include:

1. Mercury Fillings

While traditional dentists use mercury fillings because they are easier to apply and are approved by the ADA and FDA, holistic dentists don't. They know that mercury, even in small amounts, is toxic and that these kinds of fillings weaken the tooth.

2. Root Canal Therapy

Holistic dentists don't recommend root canal therapy, because research has shown that it isn't effective except when the canal is completely sterilized and rid of bacteria (which is nearly impossible to do). They also point out that the sterilization process often involves toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and that the remaining bacteria could increase the risk for breast cancer or heart disease.

3. Fluoride

Even though fluoride helps prevent tooth decay, holistic dentists reject ingested fluoride because there has been research linking ingested fluoride to cancer, bone issues, and fluorosis.

4. Biocompatibility Testing

While traditional dentists don't provide choices for cavity fillings or test materials they put on the body for reactions, holistic dentists may test biocompatibility and have a wide selection of composite filling materials.

Resources:

http://biocompatibledentist.org/images/biological.dental.symmbol.jpg

http://naturaldentistry.us/holistic-dentistry/what-is-holistic-dentistry/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283649.php

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Gum Disease Doesn't Just Affect Your Gums!

August 3rd, 2016

What do Arthritis, Alzheimer's, cancer, and diabetes have in common? If you have periodontal (gum) disease, your risk for all these diseases could increase.

People once thought that the mouth and the body had no relation each other, and dental care used to be the job of barbers in the Middle Ages! It wasn't until the 1700's that dentistry was finally recognized as its own science and the late 1990's that the connection between oral bacteria and heart disease was studied in animals.

When you don't brush or floss thoroughly, bacteria can become trapped between your teeth and your gums. This can cause plaque to accumulate, which can eventually lead to the break down of the gums and oral tissue and make other parts of the body prone to infection.

Preventing the buildup of plaque from reaching oxygen will cause it to favor anaerobic (without oxygen) bacteria, which can travel all throughout the body through the bloodstream.

When neutrophils (white blood cells) attempt to destroy the bacteria on the gums, they not only don't succeed in controlling the infection, but they also release enzymes that further deteriorate oral tissue.

Therefore, periodontal disease affects more than just your oral health; it could also affect the heart, the liver, the gut, and even your child if you're pregnant. Some studies have also shown a link between gum disease and increased bacteria in the brain and increased risk for tumors.

Make sure to take proper care of your teeth. Your body will thank you later!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/gum-disease-opens-body-host-infections

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http://newteethforme.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/gum-disease.jpg

What To Expect When You're Expecting

June 23rd, 2016

 

When you're pregnant, you have to pay extra attention to your health, and especially your oral health. You might think that taking care of your teeth isn't as important as other aspects of your body, but oral hygiene is just as important!

This is because pregnancy could cause changes to the mouth. Some women may be more prone to gingivitis, which is a type of gum disease that results in red, tender, and sore gums. If not treated, gingivitis could lead to a more serious gum disease.

Instead of only brushing and flossing, make sure to rinse with a fluoride mouthwash and schedule regular appointments with your dentist. During your visit, let your dentist know what stage of pregnancy you're in and point out any changes in medications or special orders from your physician.

Maintaining a balanced diet is also particularly important during your pregnancy. You especially need sufficient quantities of vitamins A, C, and D, protein, calcium, and phosphorous. Avoid frequent snacking to prevent tooth decay, but when you do snack, choose raw fruits and vegetables, yogurt, or cheese.

If you experience morning sickness, rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to prevent stomach acid from damaging your teeth.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/pregnancy-slideshow/?source=promospots&content=topstories&medium=pregnancy/

http://images.medicaldaily.com/sites/medicaldaily.com/files/2014/05/23/shutterstock115408348.jpg

I’m pregnant! But what about oral health?

July 24th, 2013

During pregnancy, women tend to look towards an overall healthier way of living. Many primarily seek out medical professionals that can keep them on track with a good diet and care for the coming baby. However, many expecting mothers tend to put oral health on the back burner during pregnancy.

 

It is highly recommended that good oral health be maintained before, during and after pregnancy. Pregnancy is known to kick start hormonal changes that can increase the risk of gum disease, which can in turn affect the coming baby. Because dental procedures have the potential of influencing the baby’s growth and development, it is recommended that mothers should avoid dental treatments during critical times for the baby, notably the first trimester and second half of the third trimester. But, routine dental care can be done on mothers in their second trimester. This also means that expecting mothers should be extra careful in keeping up with good oral hygiene during these critical stages of pregnancy.

 

It is important to keep the dentist informed of all the drugs that are taken during pregnancy; this can range from medications and even prenatal vitamins that have been prescribed. Dentists can potential modify the dental treatment plan based off of the drugs that are ingested. There are key drugs, including tetracycline, which can influence the expecting child’s teeth and should be avoided during pregnancy.

 

With these pointers in mind, it is essential to understand that being pregnant does not mean that it is a ticket out of a dental appointment. In fact, it should be more of a reason to make a visit to the dentist. Regular gum exams are very important during this time, for hormonal changes increase the risk of periodontal disease. It is important to pay close attention to any changes in the gums, whether there are signs of swelling or even bleeding.

 

The months of pregnancy can be both an exciting and stressful time, but with proper maintenance of both oral and overall systemic health, expecting mothers are then set on a path to a smoother pregnancy.  If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-care-pregnancy

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=h&iid=325&aid=1309

 

http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/forthedentalpatient_may_2011.pdf

 

Women's Hormones and Gum Disease

June 5th, 2012

Did you know that a woman's hormones affect her oral health? It's true! Hormone level changes through a woman's life cycle affect her gums' reaction to plaque. Making sure your mouth is healthy is an easy way to avoid the development of other health problems.

Although the symptoms of gum disease can be very apparent, such as swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, there are times when it's not visible or painful.

Another complication that can arise from an unhealthy mouth is periodontal disease. This painless disease is a bacterial infection in the gums that eats away at your bone. Loss of tooth structure or complete tooth loss can result when left untreated.

Please read the full article here and make sure routine visits to the dentist are always made. Drs. Ali and Ali at Wellesley Dental Group are focused on prevention and will happily answer any questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Oral Health and Pregnancy

February 8th, 2011

This fact sheet comes to us from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Office of Oral Health. A mom-to-be's oral health is very important as the baby develops inside the womb as well as after the baby is born.  We encourage all pregnant women to take extra care of their teeth and gums and see the dentist to discuss any pending treatment.  Regular teeth cleanings are also VERY important during pregnancy and may be scheduled in more frequent intervals.

ORAL HEALTH AND PREGNANCY

For more resources on oral health, including facts on tobacco and oral health, denture care, diabetes, and water fluoridation, please visit THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH site.

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